Lennie Best Quintet, 1984


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A superb vibraphonist who was well known in the U.K. but not so much in the U.S. was Lennie Best. Strangely, he barely recorded as a leader or sideman. In this televised gig that was part of England's Bracknell Jazz Festival in 1984, the Lennie Best Quintet performed on the BBC. The show was edited down to a half hour. Here's Best (vib), Kathy Stobart (ts, ss), Alan Berry (p), Tony Archer (b) and Tony Kinsey (d), with Ruth Allan on vocal. Best died in 2002...

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